Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Wednesday, December 31



Tried just installing Adobe CS4.  Installed fine, but I couldn't activate it using my existing serial number.

Which means I have to go back and install CS3, activate that, then upgrade to CS3.3 (which I have never managed to do successfully), then upgrade to CS4.

Which sucks, because the CS3 installer sucks.  The CS4 installer just worked.  The CS3 installer will fail in bizarre ways if you have any trace of Adobe software on your machine.

The other problem with the Adobe installers is that you can't run them with Firefox or IE open.  You have to shut down the browser, start the installer (or uninstaller), then restart your browser.

They don't detect other browsers, and the process works regardless.  They do it purely to irritate their customers.

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Monday, December 29


Who's That Knocking At My Door?

At 9AM on December 29?  Probably Jehovah's Witnesses.  Roll over and go back to sleep.

Except, as I discovered later, Jehovah's Witnesses don't slip notes under your door saying that they tried to deliver a package from Singapore.*

Fortunately - just like Jehovah's Witnesses - FedEx keeps coming back.

Update: Just arrived.  In fact, they sent me both the Windows and Mac versions, which would be great if (a) I had a G5 or Intel Mac (I have four Macs stashed away in various closets, but none of them are exactly recent), and (b) I had the Mac-version CS3 install disks from which to upgrade.  Why they insist on sending out upgrade-only disks for a subscription-only product requiring online activation will forever remain a mystery.

Update: It comes on four DVDs.

* Singapore?  Took me a minute to work that out too.  It will be my update to Adobe Design Premium CS4, which I've been waiting on for weeks.  Perfect timing too, now that I have my new PC all set up and running happily.

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They Made A What Out Of What?!

Disney has made a TV series out of Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule, without question the worst book I have ever read.

Even if they have removed all traces of the torture porn (about a third of the book) and the more loathsome actions of the so-called heroes, such as when they cripple and disfigure a young girl, they are left with an insipid fantasy setting, a monumentally stupid story, frankly idiotic political and philosophical themes, and a uniformly unpleasant cast of characters.

They* canceled Journeyman.  They canceled The Dresden Files.  And in their place, we get...  This?

Which reminds me - were there any good new shows in 2008?  I was dead and would have missed them.

* I know it's not the same they.  Journeyman was Fox; The Dresden Files was Sci Fi Channel.  Shut up.  I'm ranting here.

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Sunday, December 28


I Know I Said I Don't Have Comfort Shows

Screw it.  If I ever get this server working again, I'm going back to bed and watching the whole of Popotan in one sitting.

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Well, That Didn't Go Quite As Planned

Had some database maintenance to do for my day job.  Expected time was 8 hours; we allowed a 12-hour window.

Turned out I needed to do some preliminary work before I started the planned maintenance, so it's a good thing that I had the extra 4 hours.

27 hours into our 12-hour window, not only have I not completed the preliminary work, but the high-performance SSD we're using seems to have died.  And the application is so I/O intensive that it can't run without that SSD.

Fortunately, we do have a spare.

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Friday, December 26


Toradora Ep 13


I liked this show from the start, second only to Kannagi for this season, and it just keeps getting better.

One of the best things about it is that the characters are teenagers, but they're not idiots.  There's a certain amount of angst, but they deal with it rather than wallowing in it.  There's even character development, of all things.

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Not much, really.

Did pick up the box set of Godannar, the complete Dresden Files (why does every show I like get cancelled?) and the Spore expansion pack.

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Thursday, December 25


Merry Christmas-Type Thingy Everyone!

I slept and played FFIV.

It's the first day I've really had off in six weeks.

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Wednesday, December 24


Fedora 10 - Initial Thoughts

The Fedora team have the graphic design and usability sense of a stuffed olive.

Also, the network configuration GUI thing sets your netmask to be the same as your default gateway.  THIS DOES NOT WORK.

Nor does it set up your default gateway properly.

Also, sar and iostat still aren't installed by default.  Not only are they not installed by default, they aren't installed when you select every base package, system tool, and administration option available.

It's just a yum install sysstat away, but why does that have to be the first thing I do on every new Linux box?

Anyway, currently pulling 50+MB/sec across the network (would be more, but it's encrypted, because I'm too lazy to set up a proper rsyncd.conf) so most of Yurie will be on Haruhi by morning.

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Fail... Chicken?

Need to do one of these for Minx.

Of course, Minx never fails...  (Cough cough.)


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